Prospecting for Wood #3: Where have you discovered gold?

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Blog entry by Paul posted 05-25-2007 04:57 PM 1160 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Needle in a Haystack Part 3 of Prospecting for Wood series Part 4: Last Night's Dumpster Dive »

I’ve read of discoveries in the firewood stack in the backyard. I look among pallets and crates behind area businesses. ( I ask for permission before I take any closer look than a drive-by.)

If you’re inclined in this direction, where have you discovered wood to reclaim?

-- Paul, Kentucky

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Bob Babcock

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#1 posted 05-25-2007 11:17 PM

I’m a scrounger of materials of all kinds….or should I say enlightened recycler. I’m always on the lookout. If I hear of or see something interesting I look into it. I’m stacking pallets to get enough wood to floor my bedroom right now. I’ll probably use antique cut nails and just nail through the existing holes so the pallets are perfest for this. I look for companies that are importing items from asia, africa and south america and see if they have pallets to get rid of.

I just got my 1st bandsaw so I’ll be expanding my horizons of recycling. I just added a question in the forums on the best way to resaw a burl that was just given to me. Let the folks you know that wood of almost anykind is interesting. I also check in the barter and free section for folks that are looking to have trees removed or old furniture to give away. Pine and oak I pass by but if someone said they had an old cherry tree or a mahogany table or something similar to remove I’d be there the next day.

-- Bob

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#2 posted 05-26-2007 12:31 AM

I guess you have a ready means to mill a log?

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#3 posted 05-26-2007 03:30 AM

I’ve found wood waiting for the garbage truck (cypress that I turned into candle holders), shelving also put out for the landfill ( I used some of it to make my workbench tops) and I’ve found some great wood on the firewood pile.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 05-26-2007 07:36 PM

I mill a lot of salvage logs that are deemed unmarketable by large mills and turn them into many furniture items inclueding yurts. Right now I am milling some black walnut burl stumps that were destened for the burn pile. You can find some nice mahogany in the overseas shipping contaners from moving and storage companys. they will sell them or give them away when the nails come lose or they have fork lift holes in them. some have some nice 4X4 material in the pallet section and nice plywood with #1 siides on the interior. There is a lot of wood out there if you look.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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